Case against leather factory for manual scavenging

June 19, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:32 am IST - Bengaluru:

The police have registered a case against a leather factory in Bommanahalli for forcing labourers to manually clean an underground drainage line and a manhole.

Two labourers had got into a manhole and were working with their bare hands on Thursday afternoon. It triggered a protest by a social activist, Ramesh, who objected to manual scavenging and tipped off the local police. Meanwhile, the factory management allegedly sent the two workers away.

Ramesh produced a photograph that he had clicked on his mobile phone and lodged a complaint with the Madiwala police who registered a case against the administrator of the factory under various provisions of Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2013.

Narayana, president of Karnataka State Safai Karmachari Commission, said that in spite of repeated awareness drives, workers are being forced to manually clean drains and manholes.

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